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10 of the Best Non-Toxic Nail Polishes to Try This Season

When it comes to the cosmetic industry, non-toxic products are usually hard to come by. Fortunately, the number of non-toxic alternatives for nail polishes have doubled with more options available than ever before. Ahead, we’ve listed the most gorgeous shades from the best non-toxic nail polish brands for you to test out this month. 

But first, how can you tell if it’s non-toxic?

Conventional nail polishes are laden with chemicals, and there have been some frightening facts about the after-effects of using them over a long period of time. They have been known to induce migraines, nausea and can also negatively impact your reproductive hormones. 

In recent years, the clean beauty movement has encouraged brands to come up with ‘3-free’ variants that ban the use of some of the most common chemical culprits like formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Now, there are 5-free, 7-free and even 10-free versions that are cleaner, safer yet long-lasting options with great colour payoff out there. Listed below are 10 of our favourites:

1. Get yourself a glittery nail fix

With a wonderful chip-resistant formula, Essie’s range of nail polishes are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde-free — not to mention, super pretty! Complement your dazzling manicure with some glitter eyeliner.

Essie nail polish

A cut above, Essie

2. Valentine’s Day mani anyone?

With V-day just around the corner, love is in the air — and also in your manicure. Get creative with some heart-filled manicure ideas off Pinterest and opt for a bright pop of red. Ella + Mila’s range has an impressive 17-free formula that’s also vegan and cruelty-free.

Valentine's Day nails

Wild about you, Ella + Mila

3. Once in a blue moon

Embrace the dipping temperatures with some cool blue hues on your fingertips this season with Sally Hansen’s Crystal Blue hue. Sally’s Good. Kind. Pure range of lacquers boasts of a 16-free formula that also happens to be vegan and paraben-free.

Crystal blue, Sally Hansen

4. In the purple rain

A dark hue, whether it's purple, red, burgundy, or even black, makes your hands look chic and gives off an air of grown-up elegance. And this shade is no exception. The bonus: it comes from OPI’s Nature Strong range which has a 9-free formula with a long-lasting finish that’s made up of plant-based ingredients.

A Great Fig World, OPI

5. Feel minty fresh

If you’re feeling pale during this drawn-out winter, perhaps giving yourself the illusion of a tan could brighten up your mood. Cool pastel shades tend to bring out the warmth in your skin, no matter how fair or deep your complexion is. This minty hue is from Pacifica’s Plant Magic Polish range that has an innovative, 16-free, bio-based formula.

Minty, Pacifica

5. Barbie approved

You can never go wrong with pink, it’s fun, flirty, and oh-so-feminine. Wear it as a colored French manicure for a quirky take on the bright shade.

Pinkterest, Ella+Mila

7. Muted neutrals

For those days, when your nails need to be work-appropriate, opt for a subtle pink hue like this shade from OPI.

For what it’s earth, OPI

8. It was all yellow

Nothing puts you in a bright and sunny mood quite like a cute pastel shade like this faded yellow. 

All fun and games, Essie

9. Fuchsi-yeah 

Worthy of a dreamy Valentine’s date, we are head over heels for this look-at-me fuchsia hue. 

Passion flower, Sally Hansen

10. Little mermaid

A cross between a petrol blue and sea green, this mermaid-esque shade will have you dreaming of your next tropical escape by the beach.

Under the sea, Ella+Mila

Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2022-02-04

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